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Meet the new full-time faculty at PDC!

The CSUSB Palm Desert Campus continues to thrive and grow. With campus growth comes the need for additional faculty members, who play an important role in enhancing academics and elevating the student experience.

PDC has hired eight new full-time, tenure-track faculty members and we would like to introduce them to you. 

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Sarah Dunn is joining the CSUSB Kinesiology Department as an associate professor for the Palm Desert Campus. Her areas of scholarly expertise are in the early mechanisms for disease risk in young adults which include: inflammation, metabolic dysfunction, adiposity and vagal insensitivity. More specifically, she is interested in how lifestyle interventions, incorporating healthy nutritional choices and physical activity (high intensity interval exercise) prevent disease and the comorbidities associated. Sarah obtained her graduate degrees from the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney, both in Australia, and prior to that she completed her bachelor’s degree at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She has taught a variety of courses in kinesiology and her publications represent her interest in the exercise sciences. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and two daughters and is currently working on improving her golf game. She says that she is excited to be at the Palm Desert Campus and joining the CSUSB community.

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Pablo Gomez was born in Mexico City, and obtained a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2003. He starting at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus in January 2020, as an associate professor of psychology, where he teaches cognitive psychology and statistics/methods courses. While his research interests lie on perceptual decision making and visual word recognition, he is also interested in expanding the use of reproducible research practices in psychology. Pablo has published more than 50 research articles, and he has obtained grants from the National Science Foundation.

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After double-majoring in history and religious studies at Humboldt State University, Michael Karp earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from Saint Louis University. He studies the social and environmental history of the American West. His current book project, “Landscapes of Labor Strife: California, Capitalism, and the Pacific World,” examines how the spread of global capitalism violently reordered labor patterns and social relations in northwestern California. Since earning his Ph.D., Michael has taught in a variety of settings, including an independent middle school, public high schools, dual enrollment programs and community colleges and universities. As an educator and resident of the Coachella Valley, he says that he is honored to be joining CSUSB’s Palm Desert Campus. “I am excited to be working with our students and the larger community and I look forward to helping our program and campus grow.”

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Sean Kim is an assistant professor for the new hospitality program at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus. Prior to his academic pursuits, Sean spent about 10 years working in diverse areas of international hospitality business, including tourism marketing, brand strategy and casino and hotel property development projects across Asia, including Macau, Korea, Japan and Singapore. He received a Ph.D. in management from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, completed an M.B.A from Hitotsubashi University, Japan and a master of management in hospitality degree from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. Sean says that he is passionate about teaching, believes in the power of education and foresees the reward of helping students achieve their goals and becoming future leaders.

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Younglee Kim has been active in nursing as a Registered Nurse (RN), educator and researcher since 1993. Her first nursing education and career started in Seoul, South Korea. Then she completed an MSN (Nurse Educator) from CSUSB in 2009 and a Ph.D. in nursing (Women’s Health) from Azusa Pacific University in 2014. She has taught undergraduate and graduate nursing courses at CSUSB since 2015. Her research interests focus on maternal-child health, community/public health, nursing education and global health issues in diverse cultural backgrounds. She has participated in various events for Coachella Valley community health and mentors undergraduate and graduate students in research and nursing presentations.

Denise Kinsey, Ph.D., has been in higher education for more than 15 years. Prior to that she worked in IT and cybersecurity. She holds many certifications including the CISSP, C|CISO, Security+ and PMP. Denise has been active in initiatives providing opportunities for women and minorities in IT and cybersecurity and is active in several cybersecurity organizations including ISSA, InfraGard, ISACA and CSA2I. She has written two textbooks: “Linux Cybersecurity Fundamentals,” co-authored with Bo Rothwell and published by Pearson, and “Network Security, Firewalls, and VPNs,” 3rd Ed. with Michael Stewart (Jones & Bartlett).

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Lisa Looney is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. Her research work includes examining development and behavior within educational contexts, with an emphasis on motivational constructs as they relate to teachers and students. While much of her research has focused on development, motivation and self-processes of teachers in PK-12 settings, her areas of inquiry have also expanded to include examination of these constructs both within faculty at institutions of higher education and with parents. She is also interested in organizational culture and its role in motivation. Looney received a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in human development, specializing in educational psychology, and she earned a master’s degree in child development from Michigan State University.

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Julie Paegle received a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing and an M.F.A. from the University of Utah, where she also earned a bachelor’s degree in arts, in conjunction with the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey; and in Environmental Earth Sciences, in conjunction with Columbia University and Lamont-Doherty Geological Institute and University of Fairbanks Alaska and the Geophysical Institute. Her first poetry collection, torch song tango choir, was listed by Poets and Writers as one of the nation's top debut collections in 2011 and won recognition in the Latino Book Awards (category: best poetry in English). Her book length poem Twelve Clocks was nominated for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize and named one of the best books of 2015 by Kansas City Star. She has worked as a poet in public schools in three states, as a teacher for Upward Bound in Alaska and as a wrangler, dog musher, postal carrier, waitress, bar tender, etc. before landing at California State University, San Bernardino in 2006, where she is now a professor of English and creative writing, and where she helped develop and direct the M.F.A. in creative writing. Julie lives in the San Bernardino mountains with her husband, sons and rescue dogs. She says that she loves the desert and the Palm Desert Campus and is thrilled to be teaching here full-time for the department of English.